Friday, 19 February 2016

Frozen Pond, Handmade cards and Fun Clear Snail Mail.

Hello again! It's been rather windy today after the tail end of Storm Imogen. I thought I would share some pics and a video from a frosty walk a couple weeks go at the Manor. The pond was frozen and we had quite a bit of fun throwing ice onto the surface to make a really strange noise. Apparently it is because the surface ice sheet acts like a sort of drum and vibrates.

I have had a few more cards to make this month. This was a first birthday card for Little Sparkles friend. The next was for her Dedication day.

This is a card I designed a long time ago but I changed a few bits like the colours and added the butterfly.

We had some friends come up to stay for Hubbys birthday weekend and so had a blustery walk down at Lepe Beach. We had some fun skipping stones and we also found this Mermaids Purse.

We had a quick explore of Eyeworth Pond. Unfortunately the weather turned cold, wet and windy very shortly after we started walking so we had to cut it short. On a nicer day we will definitely go back. There are some bird feeders hanging up and we manged to get a couple snaps.

A Blue Tit, I spy with my little eye!
A Great Tit in the rain.
Stormy Sunset.
 I saw a cool idea on Pinterest the other day and asked if Big Sparkle wanted to try it out with her friends back in Cornwall. They write to each other quite a bit and this is a way to make a letter look a little more exciting. First she wrote her letters out then we found pretty images from some magazines and old catalogues including a recipe for rose perfume and instructions on how to make a lava lamp! We also popped in a leaflet to get a free nature information pack from the RSPB, (find it here)

 When we had gathered all the fun bits together we put some baking parchment inside our clear envelopes (they are for 6x4 inch cards, find them cheaply on ebay). Then we put the letters in and put some cuttings under the parchment and some on top for an interesting look. And of course we had to add some sequins for extra sparkle!

Then we affixed the address label to the front. I think we will get these letters hand franked at the post office so they don't have to be put through the machines, it would be a shame for them to get shredded! Big Sparkle sent her friends a clear envelope each so that they could send one back if they wanted to. I think these are a great way to make snail mail even more exciting!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, see you soon,

Love Amber x x x


  1. What gorgeous photo's, love your selection of cards and the snail mail.

    Hugs Jen xx

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  3. Love that idea for snail mails AMber. I also like the stamp in it. I've never seen frozen pond in my life. You're lucky to be surrounded by such beauty.

  4. Gorgeous photos and beautiful cards too. I love to decorate my letters to my penpals, even though I'm 37! There is something very special about a handwritten and hand decorated letter. Creative Blessings, Tracy x